IPTV sets fast pace in Europe


LONDON -- The number of European homes equipped with IPTV is set to double to 5.6 million in 2007, with subscription revenue from the fast-growing pay TV platform accounting for more than €1 billion ($1.3 billion) by the end of the year -- from €470 million in 2006, according to new research from Screen Digest.

Growth will be driven primarily by France this year, which is expected to add an extra million subscribers in 2007. The U.K. also is predicted to expand from 80,000 to 300,000 subscribers.

"2007 is set to be the strongest year yet for IPTV. Companies which launched their services last year will be marketing in earnest, while those already established are well placed to build on last years' success," the report said.

Europe's top five IPTV operators -- Orange, Telefonica, free Telecom, Neuf Telecom and Fastweb -- account for 60% of the total IPTV market in Europe.